5 Good reasons to juice detox
1. Weight Loss and Cellulite
The problem: A sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle can make you put on the pounds and develop cellulite – a build-up of toxins and waste products in the fat cells underneath the skin.
The solution: While a juice detox isn’t designed to be used as a weight-loss diet, it will encourage a healthier approach to food and therefore help in slimming down. Cellulite is best tackled with daily dry body brushing, combined with regular exercise.
2. A Youthful Vitality Boost
The problem: Unhealthy eating and erratic eating patterns, which many of us adopt whilst on holiday, can cause havoc with your digestive system, energy and nutrient levels. It’s all very well existing on fast foods that are dripping in fat and sugar, snack foods and chocolate is not going to give your body the steady drip-feed of energy and nutrients it craves, and instead leaves it sluggish and lacking in energy.
The solution: Good health and long-term well-being is boosted by a daily diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables (official advice recommends five portions every day). A Juice Detox can be a valuable part of that, providing a fast fix of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
3. Ease your stress
The problem: The effects of stress at work and home can leave you feeling emotionally and physically worn out. Stress-linked health problems include headache, back ache, neck pain, fatigue, depression, irritability, difficulties concentrating, sleeplessness, diarrhoea, constipation and high blood pressure. There are many reasons for feeling stress – top of the scale is the death of a partner, close relative or friend, followed by marriage, divorce and separation, menopause, serious or life-changing illness, job loss and moving house. Then of course, there are all those other more humdrum stressors, such as being stuck in traffic, clearing your desk before your holiday, late night flights and losing your purse whilst overseas all increase anxiety.
So why does stress make us feel ill? The side effects of stress are all linked to the basic ‘fight or flight’ instinct that everyone has – hugely useful in the times of the Woolly mammoth and sabre-toothed tiger, but now somewhat misplaced. In a frightening or challenging situation, the body is programmed to release the challenging situation, the body is programmed to release the hormone adrenaline into the bloodstream. The digestive system shuts down so that blood can be redirected to our muscles to provide strength and to our brains to induce clear thinking. This enables a fast physical response so that we can literally fight, or flee from, a predator.
In the face of most stressful situations today, this kind of extreme physical response is inappropriate. However, the adrenaline is coursing round the body and creates a heightened state of tension. You can’t relax, your digestive system goes to pot and your adrenal glands are strained. You’ll carry tension in your shoulders and neck, and sometimes in your legs and buttocks, and suffer from diarrhoea and an over-production of stomach acids. in turn these stress effects lower the power of your immune system, allowing bugs and viruses to take hold, so you get more colds, sore throats, skin irritations and stomach upsets. This is known as a stress burnout.
The solution: A Juice Detox will help counter the effects of stress by focusing on restoration and relaxation. it will provide plenty of nutrients, such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, to strengthen the immune system; and help to soother your digestive tract by reducing acidity and restoring its natural pH balance.
4. Antioxidant Boost for Smokers
The problem: As well as being a major risk factor in the development of lung cancer and heart disease, smoking also depletes your levels of vitamins. Cigarette smoke also produces free radicals in your body – these are destructive molecules that can damage healthy cells.
The solution: The fresh juices you’ll drink on a Juice Detox (and hopefully beyond that) are rich in antioxidants, particularly vitamin C and beta-carotene, which can mop up free radicals and replenish nutrient levels.
5. Vitamin Boost for Drinkers
The problem: Imbibing too much alcohol, something many of us do during the holiday seasons, puts a strain on the liver and digestive system and depletes vitamin levels, particularly vitamins A, B and C. Like drinking too much tea or coffee, drinking alcohol can over stimulate the digestion, too. This in turn produces gas, bloating, constipation and diarrohea.
The solution: Fresh juices are gentle on the digestive tract and replenish vitamin and mineral levels.
Why a juice detox will help you…
The principles of detoxing are simple:
- It rests and soothes your digestive system, from stomach to hard-working colon.
- It flushes through your kidneys and liver – major organs of elimination.
- It purifies your blood and tissues.
- It speeds up your metabolism and encourages the elimination of toxins.
Fresh juices have remarkable cleansing and toning qualities and are also rich in vitamins, minerals and other plant nutrients. On the One Day and Weekend Juice Detoxes, you’re encouraged to consume only juice. On the longer Juice Detox plans, simple and nutritious foods are included to complement the cleansing process.
What to expect…
During a detox…
A detox does just that, so expect some physical reactions, particularly over the longer plans. These can include: headache, catarrh, skin blemishes, mood swings, tiredness – but don’t worry about them, they’re just signs that the Juice Detox is working.
After a juice detox…
More energy, shinier hair, brighter eyes, better skin. You’ll feel on top of the world. The key to keeping it up is following a healthier diet that is rich in juices.
So what have you got to lose?
Shake things up with a Juice Detox and sample a healthier way of living – you’ll be surprised how much energy will be unleashed!